Many homeowners are faced with the overwhelming task of solving an issue well outside of the traditional home improvement job when confronting an attic mould problem. It is not about remodelling a bathroom or kitchen or painting a house to get rid of attic mould. Mold is toxic and alive at the same time. And there is a lot of contradictory details out there when it comes to getting rid of it.You can get additional information at Boca Raton Mold Removal Association.
Many homeowners never even realised that the very decking boards forming the roof were steadily eating a poisonous evil living right above their heads in their homes. In reality, over half of the problem of attic mould we frequently face was only discovered when the homeowner decided it was time to sell their property.
We’ve seen many many many home sales collapse entirely because a home inspector found mould hidden in the attic area, feeding on the roofing boards. One of the main reasons for this is that the dreaded colour black is the colour of the most common mould that grows in attics north of the Mason-Dixon line. This black mould pigment scares away many prospective home buyers, believing that the dreaded stachybotrys chartarum is the toxic black mould”. But this is almost never the case in fact. The pigment melanin, a harmless pigment contained in our skin to protect us from the harmful UV rays created by the sun, is what makes the black mould black. The mould serves the same reason. As attic mould almost always develops during the winter season as a result of simple heat loss, combined with poor or poorly built or installed roofing ventilation, attic mould is almost never the more dangerous black mould.
Problems with ventilation: How the mould develops
We activate our home heating system when it gets freezing cold in the winter. Heat rises naturally, and this hot air finds its way into the attic itself when we do not have enough insulation or when it is too cold to keep up with heat loss. This hot air is channelled out of the attic into what are called take-air vents when a roof is adequately ventilated. These are in the form of box vents, power vents, end vents for gables, or vents for ridges. The roof includes an intake air vent system in order for the air vents to operate correctly. These vents allow the cooler air to pass through the attic while the outake air vents push the hot air out.
The hot air gets trapped in the attic when this doesn’t happen and coalesces against the ice cold roof boards. This causes a mass of hot air that meets the cold condensation shape of the surface called dewpoint, which typically results in water or frost droplets. The period of mould growth that contributes to attic mould infestations starts with this moisture.
Usually, attic mould only develops in the winter time unless caused by the occasional leaking of the roof or damp basement or crawl space sending up water vapour. The reason it only develops during the 5-6 months of winter is that the temperature reached in the attic is much too high for aggressive mould development during the remainder of the year.
The average homeowner is puzzled when attempting to determine what to do to solve the attic crawspace mould problem. About why? Well, he or she is also faced with entirely different suggestions from local contractors who each claim that their approach is best” or “right” in having multiple estimates for the clean up. We encountered mould victims who had 5-6 different predictions of 5-6 different solutions” that left the heads of the homeowners spinning on what to do if they were permanently eradicated if the aim was to be eradicated. The direct consequence of mould training authorities or certifying bodies or schools that never specifically decide which items to use when is the reason why there are so many different approaches to mould clean-up. The average contractor also has an incomplete understanding of the mold’s real life processes and its actual microbiological processes.